On September 30th, 2019 at approximately 5:55 pm, Deputy J.L. McElfresh responded to 1324 S CR 740 W, Medora, IN in reference to a reported burglary. At the residence, Deputy McElfresh found that forced entry had been made into the residence and a handgun had been stolen. During the investigation, Deputy McElfresh was able to obtain photographs of the suspect and the suspect’s car.
On November 4th, 2019; Brownstown Officer Ryan Cherry found a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle.
Deputy McElfresh was able to obtain photographs of the registered owner of the vehicle, Joseph C. Hacker; and those photographs matched the photographs of the suspect at the scene of the burglary.
On November 15th, 2019; Deputy McElfresh obtained a search warrant to collect DNA from Joseph C. Hacker. Deputy McElfresh and Deputy Jordan Hawn were able to locate Joseph at his residence in Brownstown. Deputy McElfresh executed the search warrant for Mr. Hacker’s DNA, and at 1:12 am on November 16th, 2019; Joseph C. Hacker, 33 years old, of Brownstown, IN was arrested for Burglary of a Dwelling; Level 4 Felony, and Theft. Mr. Hacker was taken to the Jackson County Jail where he awaits an initial hearing on the charges.
The investigation is ongoing.